Mahayana tantra: an introduction
Tantra, Considered By Many As A Dangerous And Secret Path, Invariably Generates A Tremendous Amount Of Curiosity. In This, The First Comprehensive Book Of Its Kind, Shri Dharmakirti Gives Us A Rare Glimpse Into The Fascinating Nature Of Tantra.
A Practitioner Of The Mahayana Buddhist Tantra Uses His Intellect And Moral Discipline To Attain Buddha-Hood, The Highest State Of Existence. How To Achieve This State Was First Shown By The Buddha And, After Him, By Various Incarnations Of Indian And Tibetan Gurus Such As The Dalai Lama. The Author Gives Us A Detailed Account Of The Moral, Ethical And Philosophical Basis Of Buddhist Tantra. He Also Shows How The Buddhist Tantric Path Of The Highest Secret Mantra Decisively Addresses The Three Crucial Problems That Every Genuine Spiritual Warrior Must Resolve3⁄4 Problems Of Death, Sexuality And The True Nature Of Reality.
The Author Discusses Various Facets Of The Buddhist Tantric Path: Its History, Its Harnessing Of Sexual Energy To Access Subtle Levels Of Reality, The Doctrine Of Karma, The Concept Of Profound Emptiness That Is The Philosophical Core Of The Buddha Dharma, And The Wheel Of Existence Or The Bhava-Chakra. Narrated Simply And Enriched With Visual Representations Of The Author S Vision Of Tantra, This Is An Invaluable Guide For Those Seeking A Meaningful Spiritual Path.
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Tantric World View
The Tantric Guru
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abide absolute existence actual Apparitional Body appearance arise Atisha attained basis of designation bliss Bodhichitta Bodhisattva Buddhist Central Channel century a.d. chakras Chakrasamvara Chandali Yoga Chandrakirti Clear-Light Mind cognition of Emptiness Complete Enlightenment Completion Stage consciousness consort cycle cyclic existence Dalai Lama death Deity Yoga Dharma Dharmakaya disciple dream energy Enlightened Buddha female Fundamental Innate Mind Geluk-pa gross Guhyasamaja heart-chakra Highest Secret Mantra Highest Yoga Tantra Hinayana ignorance indestructible drop Indian Kalachakra karma levels of mind lineages Madhyamika Mahasiddha Mahayana Mind of Clear Nagarjuna Naropa nature of reality navel-chakra Nirmanakaya Nirvana non-dual one's body oneself ordinary Padmasambhava phenomena practice practitioner Prasangika Prasangika Madhyamika realms rebirth red drop renunciation residence mandalas Rupakaya Sambhogakaya samsara Sanskrit sensory sentient sexual Stage of Highest symbolized Tantric Guru Tantric path teachings Three Bodies Tibet Tibetan truly existent Ultimate Truth Ultimate-meaning Clear Light Vajra Vajradhara Vajrasattva Vajrayana vision visualizes white drop wind-energies winds yogi